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dubarry sewing – best colors for your type

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Today I have some images from a great sewing booklet by DuBarry Patterns, published in 1945. It includes tons of tips and techniques for sewing success as well as a really great color photo chart suggesting which colors suit you best! I’ve included both the full spread, and a much larger scan so you can actually read the text. I thought it would be a fun reference for Sew For Victory! I have not digitally enhanced the colors in order to keep them as true to the original printing as possible.

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I’m actually a little disappointed by the suggested colors for auburn hair and brown eyes haha! They seem a bit dull in comparison to some of the other palettes. Though I am lucky to have the “most perfect type of face” lol.

What does your hair and eye color suggest for you?
If you’re participating in Sew For Victory, did you pick one of the colors from your palette? I did!

xo
Rochelle

p.s. I’d really love to scan this entire booklet and make it available as a free download for you, but it’s around 60 pages I think so it will take me a while!

 

BUTTERICK FASHION NEWS – APRIL 1943

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Free Download - 16 page PDF and eBook - Butterick Fashion News April 1943

Another free download for you! This issue of Butterick Fashion News contains sixteen pages of beautiful illustrations of the latest sewing patterns available in April 1943. There are some seriously gorgeous styles in this one!

To purchase original catalogs (just like this one!) and sewing patterns, please visit Judy at vintage4me2. Judy is currently having a 40% off sale on all Buy It Now items until March 29th! (Yep, you can use your Sew For Victory coupon on top of that!!)

Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell these downloads (in whole or part) anywhere else. I have made it available FREE for you here on Lucky Lucille!

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If you appreciate these little peeks into Fashion/Sewing history as much as I do, buy me a cuppa’ coffee to say thanks! Only if you want to, of course ;)

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To open the eBook you must click the download button from an iPad or iPhone, in Safari browser, with iBooks installed. A new browser window will open and will appear blank for several seconds. It’s a pretty large file so the screen will look as if nothing is happening as the file loads, but soon you will be prompted to open the eBook in iBooks or a similar application, from that browser window.

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The PDF should open on any computer, tablet, and/or browser, but may take a little while to load. Again, the images are large. When the browser window opens, click the icon in the top toolbar (second icon in from the far right) to download and save the PDF.

Happy Reading!
Rochelle

authentic eyewear for vintage lovers

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Today I’m proud to announce my newest partner – Victory Optical! Victory Optical is a decades old company that was originally founded in 1941 by Vincent J. Salierno. At the height of their success, Victory was the leading name in fashion-forward eyewear with innovative designs that appealed to the likes of Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, and Connie Francis. After Vincent Salierno’s death the company ceased production but his family never ceased interest in eyewear trends.

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Today, the third and fourth generation of Victory Optical has resurrected the company to answer the call for vintage inspired frames, originally made popular by Vincent Salierno throughout the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  Victory currently offers three collections of eyewear that are authentic to the company’s original designs: Heritage, Inspired, and Suntimers.

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I have four pairs of glasses (courtesy of Victory Optical) to review in total but first I’d like to show you the El Ria frames from the Heritage collection. The El Ria’s were made popular in the 50’s, but with their subtle cat eye shape and key hole bridge, they fit right in among the trend-setting shapes of the mid 40’s when women’s eyewear was just starting to progress as a fashionable accessory.

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Aside from the adorable mini V’s in the corners of the frames, I’m also in love with the mini key chains that accompany each pair. I decided they make very cute decorations for my mini pine tree!

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There are many “retro inspired” eyewear companies out there now, but none felt authentic to me until I found Victory Optical. I finally have a pair of frames that I feel comfortable wearing with my WWII impressions (I’ve seen cat eye frames as early as 1943!) as well as non-vintage clothing. Since I wear glasses everyday I’m always on the hunt for authentic reproductions that are durable, and more importantly, replaceable if something should ever happen to them. I found exactly what I was looking for with Victory Optical!

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Read more about the history of Victory Optical and check out their awesome original vintage advertisements. Also find Victory on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Buy Victory Optical frames at an eyewear location near you, or online at eyeglass.com.

If you’re in the market for new frames and crave true, authentic vintage, then look no further than Victory Optical! With designs in all your favorite 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s shapes (not to mention a lot of fun colors!) I bet you’ll find a must-have pair in no time. I know I did!

xo
Rochelle

free download – simplicity patterns nov. 1943

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Here’s a special Christmas edition of Simplicity’s mini sewing pattern catalog from 1943. Fun, festive stuff in this one!

Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell these downloads (in whole or part) anywhere else. I have made it available FREE for you here on Lucky Lucille!

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If you appreciate these little peeks into Fashion/Sewing history as much as I do, buy me a cuppa’ coffee to say thanks! Only if you want to, of course ;)


$3.00

stitching

eBookbutton

To open the eBook you must click the download button from an iPad or iPhone, in Safari browser, with iBooks installed. A new browser window will open and will appear blank for several seconds. It’s a pretty large file so the screen will look as if nothing is happening as the file loads, but soon you will be prompted to open the eBook in iBooks or a similar application, from that browser window.

PDFbutton

The PDF should open on any computer, tablet, and/or browser, but may take a little while to load. Again, the images are large. When the browser window opens, click the icon in the top toolbar (second icon in from the far right) to download and save the PDF.

To purchase original catalogs (just like this one!) and sewing patterns, please visit Judy at vintage4me2.

For more free downloads, click here.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading,
Rochelle

milkweeds for the war effort

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Recently I posted a photo of a funny looking plant that I grew up frolicking amongst every Fall: the Milkweed. I never thought much of them until I bought a book about the local history of my town and found this picture:

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Who knew those funny looking weeds played such an important roll in saving lives! After reading the caption I knew I had to do some research to find out more about the life saving Milkweed.

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The Milkweed pods contain seeds attached to a fluttery, silky “floss” which is actually quite buoyant. During WWII the Japanese cut off supply routes in the Dutch East Indies, causing the US to lose their main source of Kapok floss, which was the first choice for stuffing Mae West style life preservers. With the urgent need for an alternative, and no time to grow and harvest a crop to meet demands, the government called on America’s children to collect Milkweed pods wherever they were growing wild.

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The pods needed to be collected before they cracked open to ensure the floss remained inside. Onion sacks were handed out nation wide, with a price of 15 cents paid per bag that was filled with pods (with an additional 5 cents if the pods were pre dried). Two bags of pods contained enough floss for one life jacket. The U.S. military needed enough floss to fill 1.2 million life jackets, which totaled 2 million pounds of floss. – Fascinating, isn’t it? There’s a great article on pantagraph.com if you’d like to read more about it.

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Obviously there’s no need for Milkweed pod collection in 2013 (edit – I was mistaken, yes there is!), but I sure had fun pretending I was some sort of  Girl Scout on a mission to do my part for our boys overseas.

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The green pods may have been more useful, but the dried out broken pods are certainly more fun! They’re pretty magical on a blustery day, actually.

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I’ll tell you, I’ll never look at a Milkweed the same way again! It’s funny how you can go around seeing things and not understand their importance, until you do, and then it makes you appreciate the little things. …like weeds.

outfit details: dress – handmade, sweater and apron – vintage, boots – Payless.

xo
Rochelle

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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